A record heat wave has been causing dramatic problems in Russia, first with the increase in drowning rates and now with the damage produced by wildfires. Thousands have reportedly lost their homes, and more are fighting the spread of these wildfires throughout 14 regions of Russia. Medvedev has actually fired people who he thinks are failing the reaction to the crisis (BBC News The greatest effect will be seen as the price of wheat continues to rise (BBC News Business).
BBC News Europe: “Fires still spreading in parched Russia” 3 Aug 2010
BBC News Business: “Wheat prices reach 22-month high” 3 Aug 2010
BBC News Europe: “Medvedev sacks officers over Russia fire failures” 4 Aug 2010